Next month will see the welcome re-release of one of Platz's most popular decal sheets - the spectacular JASDF 50th Anniversary scheme worn by F-2B s/n 33-8119 at Dokuganryu Matsushima Base.
Featuring dramatic artwork of "Dokuganryu Masamune" on the fin and unusual mirrored text on the starboard fuselage side, the decals are superbly custom-printed by Cartograph in Italy. The registration is perfect on the sample sheet and the thin glossy items have a crystal clear carrier film.
The designers at Platz take a somewhat unusual approach to stencil markings; rather than give you myriads of tiny individual decals, they group them together where possible onto larger patches of carrier film, including items that overlay one another. This only works successfully thanks to Cartograph's superb print-registration and does undoubtedly make applying them a lot quicker, but it's worth holding the sheet up to the light to double-check the shape of the grouped items before reaching straight for the scissors - otherwise you'll be back at square one with a lot of individual decals...
For this preview sample, only a colour copy of the instructions was included but it's representative of the finished thing. A full colour profile of the scheme is on one side of the instructions, with B&W plan views and reference photos on the reverse. The main text is Japanese-only, but numbers and paint names (complete with FS matches) are in English which is all the information you really need.
This is a beautifully produced set of decals that will certainly make for a striking F-2B. Recommended for all fans of modern Japanese jets.
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Highs: Superbly printed decals for a striking anniversary colour scheme.Lows:Verdict: Platz's decals will produce an eye-catching F-2B guaranteed to stand out among standard models.
About Rowan Baylis (Merlin) FROM: NO REGIONAL SELECTED, UNITED KINGDOM
I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...